Calling all citizen scientists – Coastwatch coastal survey needs your help!

Coastwatch are conducting their annual coastal survey and need your help. They are looking for volunteers from all walks of life to help aid them in their eco-audit of the entire Irish coast. 

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Surveys will be carried out all along the Irish Coast

The aim of the survey is to give an encompassing overview of the state of the Irish coast – from the biodiversity to the marine litter on the shores. The survey runs from between 15th September to 15th October and Coastwatch are looking for volunteers from all around the country.

The survey has been taking place annually since it started in Ireland in 1987. It has since gone international with surveys taking place from the Black sea to the Baltic and from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. The survey entails walking a chosen 500 metre stretch once at low tide and taking note of your observations. All this information will be sent back to Coastwatch where they will be combined with all the other surveys to get on overall snapshot of the coast. This data can then be used with official data to better monitor our shores and seas and take action where needed.

If you want to become a citizen scientist for the day and help out this project visit their website to book your site. This is a great opportunity to be part of a huge project to help better understand the Irish coast.

About the Author

Ann Robinson
Has a passion for coastal heritage and maritime history. Loves sharing the best of the Irish coast online. Contact me ann@coastmonkey.ie or follow me on Twitter @AnnRobinson22